Halifax at night

Spooky Season Ghost Stories at Citadel Hill

Nick and I have spent the last month reacquainting ourselves with Halifax, after so much time away. And one of the first spooky season things we did was as “Halifax” as it gets… Citadel Hill Ghost Tours.

I have not visited Citadel Hill in a long time, and I was not disappointed. For anyone who lives in or around Halifax, Citadel Hill probably feels “overrated”, but I loved visiting a place I hadn’t been to in probably a decade or two… especially at night. Climbing the hill to the entrance on a clear night like that one provided beautiful views of the city lights. In that moment, I was reminded of how happy I am to be back here.

We carried lanterns during the tour for extra spooky effect.

And so the tour began by putting on a mask (to stay safe during the few inside parts) and grabbing a lantern at the entrance. We were running late, so we had to chase the lantern light of our group to catch up. When we made it up the creaky stairs of an old building to meet them, the tour guide was in the middle of telling the tale of a ghost seen haunting the grounds.

The tour carried on with pit stops across the historic site to hear more spooky tales. Nothing was overly scary, but if you let your imagination get the best of you (like I did), you could feel a bit creeped out. The absolute highlight of the tour was walking single-file through a very creepy and long tunnel, lit only by our lanterns. The tour guide mentioned there could be mice, so of course I jumped at every shadow.

The poor quality of this image really highlights how creepy the tunnel was.

Only one other time did I really jump, and that was during a ghost story in a little room inside the fort. The wind was strong that night, and it was rattling some of the old doors around us; it almost seemed like part of the ghost story. When one door rattled a little too loudly, I jumped an embarrassingly noticeable amount… but it wasn’t a ghost (so they say), so no need to worry if you decide to check out the Ghost Tour.

All in all, we had fun and have no regrets. We met up with some friends we hadn’t seen since last year, so it was a covid-friendly way to spend an October evening. Not only that, but it is so cozy to bundle up, get a hot drink and explore a little part of the city at night. So I would definitely recommend doing the Citadel Hill Ghost Tour once if you want a spooky season activity that you can safely do in a group. The tour runs until October 30th and you can buy tickets online every Sunday. Link here if you want to learn more!

P.S. Do you have any fall activities that you do around the east coast every year? Share in the comments below and I’ll add it to my list of things to try.

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